SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 31 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (11-12) took perennial power No. 7 Armstrong State University (19-7) to the limit in a 5-2 loss Saturday in the opening round of NCAA Southeast Regional #2.
The Bobcats got the first result of the day, when the Bobcat first doubles squad of Christian Graff (Lohmar, Germany) and Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee) teamed for a dominant 8-1 win over the No. 19-ranked Luca Cerin and Ignacio Hernandez. Graff and Kinsler finish the season 11-8.
Unfortunately, the momentum of the upset wouldn't carry over to the other two slots. Next up was third doubles, an 8-2 win for Lorenzo Camilli and Bjorn Kurtze over Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) and Nathan Connelly (McDonough). Second doubles was an 8-6 battle, with Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) and Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostella, Spain) coming up on the short end to Alvaro Cruz Chomorro and Jan Porteset.
The Pirates needed three singles victories to take the match, getting the first result in the sixth slot. Connelly fell to Kurtze by shutout. Fifth singles put ASU a point away from the team win at 4-1, after Chomorro edged Kinsler 6-1, 6-4.
Waern made sure the Bobcats didn't go down without a fight, taking down Portset in a pair of 6-4 sets in the third slot. The Bobcat senior finishes 13-10 and on a three-match win streak. The final point came from second doubles, where Hernandez beat Ecenarro 6-4, 6-2 to seal a trip to the region final for the Pirates.
The match brings a close to the 2017 campaign for GC Men's Tennis, their 11th straight season in the NCAA Tournament. Graff earned a slot on the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Second Team in singles.
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